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Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo, Victoria

The origins of the Bendigo Sub Branch go back to 1916. The splendid building that houses the Museums collection was completed in 1921 by public subscription, a fitting tribute to the AIF. The RSL was granted tenure of occupancy from that day.The Museums beginning dates back to 1996 and was finally opened to the public in Feb 1998. The collection at present covers from the Boer War to Iraq, medals, diaries, weapons, uniforms, personnel effects, trench art, a library and the Grinton collection "A Camera on the Somme". Such is the collection that we are now rotating items of memorabilia.

Contact Information

location
P.O.Box 42 Long Gully Victoria 3550
phone
+61 (03) 5442 4513

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Opening Hours

Open 10am to 4pm Closed some public holidays

Entry Fee

Adult $6, Conc $5, Students $4, Family $15

Location

37 - 39 Pall Mall Bendigo Victoria

To collect, conserve, communicate and commemorate central Victoria’s contribution and experience in military conflict and peacekeeping from colonial to the present day. Combining the Bendigo District RSL Sub-branch Inc and the Passchendaele Barracks Trust collections.

vern sinclair 13 January 2019 11:26 AM

Extremely disappointed with my recent visit.. No longer have we a great collection of military history on display anymore.museum looks more like an art gallery.Total waste of money on refurbishment as is.CURATOR please restore museum to former standard.Will not be recommended to any visitors.TOTALLY DISGUSTED...

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ENVELOPE - PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Envelope, whitish with gold writing, folds in half. On front is Sketch Portrait, Wm Elsmore, 4 St Enoch Square, Glasgow. .2) Photograph, sepia on chamfered edge cardboard, shows soldier centre wearing an MM Ribbon & 2 girls, 1 each side. Fits inside .1). .3) Photograph, same as .2) but set on a large cardboard piece with brown wood texture.

Historical information

Photographs .2) & .3) are re Frank Hepburn HAMILTON No 2153 AIF, enlisted in 4th reinforcements 24th Batt on 12.7.1915 age 20 years. Embark for Egypt 27.9.1915, embark for France 20.3.1916, hospital with PUO 26.6.1917, rejoin unit 6.7.1917, awarded the Military Medal (MM) as a Battalion runner on 1.9.1918 at Mont St Quentin, discharged from the AIF 15.7.1919. Refer 2351.5P re his brother DJW Hamilton KIA.

BOOK - SERVICES GUIDE TO ALEXANDRIA

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Book, rectangular, light grey cardboard covers, 48 pages. Faded blue inside cover. Fold-out map of Alexandria inside rear cover.

Historical information

Contains information on services, sport, currency & cinemas, as well as advertisements for shops. Issued to Howard Maxwell DAY VX31282, 2nd AIF. Refer Reg No 92.2 for service details also 87, 88, 89, 91.2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in red ink top right corner front cover: H M Day. Middle centre front cover: Services Guide to Alexandria

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, court mounted, set of (2) Re F.H. Freeman. 1. War Medal 1914-19. 2. Victory Medal.

Historical information

Francis Harold Freeman No 1914 enlisted 29.2.16 in the 3rd reinforcements to the 46th Batt AIF aged 21 years 2 months. Embarked for England 20.5.16, hospital 13.10.16 with Influenza, allotted No 1914A, hospital 9.2.17 with Umps then Diptheria followed by Debility, marries Amy Eliza Spray 13.10.17, returns to France, hospital 29.10.19 with Influenza, discharged on 29.10.19 from the AIF. A brother No 1915 Thomas Henry 46th Batt KIA 11.6.17.

Inscriptions & Markings

"1914A, F. H. Freeman 46th Bn AIF"

BOOKLET - Return to Civil Life

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

A Handbook of Information for Members of the Forces on the Road Back to Civil Life. 55 pages, soft cover is in 3 coloured bands - dark blue, red, & light blue, print is in white & dark blue ink, not illustrated. Issued by the Ministry of Post-War Reconstruction.

BAG

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

RAAF Kit Bag, blue canvas, sausage shape. The top has 12 brass eyelets for a card strap. White stencil writing on side.

Historical information

MAXWELL LENNOX MATHESON 418447 Flight Lieutenant RAAF 1942 - 1948

Inscriptions & Markings

RAAF 418447

HEXAMINE STOVE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Metal (rusting) fold up stove with Hexamine cooking fuel tablets.

Historical information

Item issued to Malcolm Stuart Angus No 3112710, served Vietnam with 6 RAR 8.5.1969 - 17.11.1969.

PRINT, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Coloured print of man enlisted in South African constabulary, khaki uniform, slouch hat, rifle & horse (in background) sitting on wooden log, pale yellow/white background in glass frame & gold coloured frame, 4 sided.

Historical information

Fred Cordingly lived at Maiden Gully via Bendigo, Vic. Print from original painting by Lois Molina of Bendigo. Presented to BILL THOMASON for finding details of service with SAC.

Inscriptions & Markings

With many thanks for your kind assistance. L Molina.

DRESSING, BANDAGE & COLOUR PATCH.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Wound dressing in dark green waterproof pack. .2) Triangular bandage. .3) Red Cross colour patch

DOCUMENTS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Items relating to J.W.Mills. .1) Return ticket from London No 4242. .2) Leave Pass - British Armies in France No 91724. .3) BB form No 10, Record of his service from his War records. .4) Permission - Leave of Absence dated 12th June 1919. .5) Note - Permission to be in Cologne from 21/6/19 to 23/6/19 .6) Certificate of Discharge from the AIF with details of his service

Historical information

James Worland Mills No 3441 59th Batt AIF. Refer 169P.

BOOK - Australians at War 1885 - 1972

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Pale green, buckram, hard cover with title on spine in white letters. Illustrated dust cover with title on front & spine in black letters. Illustrated end papers. 259 cut edge pages. Contains black & white illustrations.

Historical information

Photographs from the Australian War Memorial's collection selected by Peter Stanley & Michael McKernan. Quotations in the book come from personal diaries, letters & papers. The introduction was written by Michael McKernan.

MEMENTO

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Small arrangement, bone china representing a tree trunk, birds nest, floral arrangement with bird in nest & mother feeding. Colours range from white, pink, green & blue.

Historical information

Item given to Geoff MURRAY in Vietnam by Sister Augustine from the Baria Orphanage. The figure, a bird feeding its young with rice in its mouth reminded the Sister of Geoff feeding the Orphanage with all his help he gave to them. Refer Reg No 638P for Geoffs service history and other items re the Baria Orphanage.

Inscriptions & Markings

On base: Bone China SEYEA

SOUVENIR

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Solid Aluminium metal base with mounted knife/dagger, the blade is brass. Circular indentation on one side of base. Etched on blade is rough illustration of a hut and sun. Painted red and green dots on each side of blade.

Historical information

The item was souvenired by Andrew Keith Guy VX37836 2nd AIF. Refer 131P for service details also 130.3, 133.2, 134.

Inscriptions & Markings

Etched on blade: "New Guinea"

BOOK - Aircraft of World War II

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Book with hard cover & dust cover, both with white background, black print with image of 4 fighting aircraft. Illustrated with numerous black & white & coloured photos of aircraft from various countries. 512 pages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Donated by Bendigo Y Mens Cub

BOOKLET - Victoria's Diggers

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Soft cardboard cover, black print on front & spine, white background. Illustrated, 3 full portrait sepia photos of soldiers in uniform. 56 pages, cut, plain, white. Illustrated black / white photos. Stapled.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: VICTORIA'S DIGGERS A history of each Victorian military unit which has served overseas from 1860 to 1945 Allan Box Handwritten in blue ink title page: from Mr Allan Box Leongatha Inside back cover: RSL stamp

RECORD & COVER

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Black gramophone disk by Regal made in England. Recording is of Departure of the Australian Troops for the Front. Descriptive (28378) G.6883. Disk is adhered to chipboard backing. .2) Brown paper record cover by His Masters Voice. Gramaphones & Records one side advertising Weber's Invitation to the Waltz record. Other side Three Vital Qualities. Cover has hole in centre to show record description.

HAT, SLOUCH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Khaki coloured slouch hat complete, Rising Sun Badge, colour patch, leather chin strap.

Historical information

ALAN MASON served in WWII There are other items from ALAN MASON in the collection

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Framed and mounted Photograph Pte Private G.F Pierce DCM in Wooden frame with Glass cover.

Historical information

George Frederick Pierce No 2839 enlisted in the AIF on 29.6.15 in 9th reinforcements 6th Batt age 20 years. Embark for Egypt 9.10.15, embark for France 26.2.16, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1917, KIA 4.10.17, no known grave. The “DCM” award. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took command of his Lewis Gun Section in an attack and bombed an enemy Machine Gun post single handed, capturing the gun. Later he carried ammunition to the front line through heavy barrages. He set a splendid example of courage and devotion.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Items relating to Colin Odlum. .1) Copy of the inside page of Colin's diary, laminated. .2) Photo, B & W of Colin Aboard ship going to the Middle East. .3) Original newspaper clipping with 10 photos re casualties including Colin, set on black cardboard.

Historical information

Colin George Odlum VX45898 2/23 Batt AIF, KIA 12.7.42. Refer 127.56, 128.2, 135.2, 136.2P.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

4 x black / white photos presumable taken by Bert HEWSTON during his war experience. .1) Group of Kaffir women & children. .2) Band playing onboard the ship Wandilla, conveying Bert to Europe. .3) Band playing on Avon River, Durrington. .4) 2 x uniformed soldiers.

Historical information

Bert HEWSTON, refer cat No 2759.2 for his service history. Part of the HEWSTON collection re WW1 & WW2.

SWASTIKA SIGN

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Swastika symbol painted on aluminium aircraft skin. Symbol is black with cream edging on a grey-green background.

Historical information

This section of aluminium sheet with Swastika is from a German ME 109 fighter that was shot down by RAAF pilot Brian Eaton over Libya in Nov 1942. This section of the plane was bought back to Australia by Alex ARCHER No 40637 who was a despatch rider with No 3 Sqd RAAF. Refer Cat No 2597 for Alex Archers service details. Brian Eaton. Brian Alexander EATON, CB, CBE, DSO. & Bar, DFC. CO of No 3 SQD RAAF April 1943 to Feb 1944, EATON joined the RAAF in 1936 and retired in 1973 with the rank of Air Vice Marshall. At one point he was shot down 3 times.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back "Mantuba/Nov 1942/ N.A"

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Jack Lockett Aged 107 22/1/98 with P.M John Howard

BOOKS - World War 1914-18 Volumes 1 & 2

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) & .2) A 2 volume set. Maroon buckram hard cover. Titles imprinted on front covers, title on spine in gold lettering. Leather like cream end papers. Illustrated with black & white photos. .1) Pages 1 - 792 all with cut edges. .2) Pages 793 - 1560, 767 pages with cut edges.

Historical information

An illustrated history of WWI x 2 volumes.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) & .2) Stamped on front cover in faded gold: W A H.

HONOUR BOARD

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

For 1914-1919 War GUOOF Top of woodwork has 'For King & Empire' carved in it. Each side has a timber doric column. On the bottom marked in gold is 'Loyal Windsor Lodge'. Frame heavy timber.

TOBACCO TIN

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Log Cabin tobacco tin with lid, orange coloured

Historical information

Tobacco tin holding items when donated, M Dunstan on the lid was the donor. Refer 2320.2

BOOK - New Testament

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Bible, cloth covered, hard cover, pocket size New Testament, 462 pages with red edges.

Historical information

Belonged to Thomas Alan Broadbent No 15887 46th Batt KIA 20.9.18. Refer 2322.2 for service history also 2567P.

Inscriptions & Markings

On fly leaf hand written in ink. "Alan Broadbent 1918"

BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Badge, metal, gold colour, buffalo, Kenya Regt. .2) Badge, metal, gold colour, crown over horn, Kings African Rifles. .3) Badge, metal, gold colour, dragon, Buffs Regt. .4) Badge, metal, brownish, palm over scroll., R.W.A.F.F.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Sepia photo of Soldier in uniform on a donkey outside a hotel re L HARRIS .2) Sepia photo of a group of 7 Soldiers, 4 standing, 3 kneeling, tents in background

Historical information

LEO HARRIS 3132 - KIA 9.8.16. Refer 2478 for service history also 2476, 2447P, 2479.3.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) LEO HARRIS

CURRENCY

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Official note of Phillipines - one Peso - Serial No F12020421 VICTORY SERIES. .2) Official note of Nederlande Indies,1 (EEN) Gulden Serial AZ129398 Dated 2 March 1943.

Historical information

Souvenired by Keith David Livingston VX136969 2nd AIF. Refer 1911P for service history.

BELT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

MEDAL

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Pakistan, Independence medal, Khushal Khan F.C. 755